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Contentious Trusts & Probate

Finding the right solution

What is involved?

With an ageing population and an increased prevalence and awareness of conditions such as dementia, disputes over trusts and estates have escalated in recent years. Add to this a desire to hand wealth down to younger generations and also a greater diversity in family structures, it is unsurprising that disputes in this area are becoming more and more common. They can affect virtually any family.

Whether you are seeking to challenge or defend the validity of a will, bring or defend a claim under the Inheritance Act, protect your interest in an estate, or have been excluded from an estate, we have the expertise to guide you through the litigation process. We can also help with lifetime claims, such as actions against trustees, disputes concerning deputyship, financial abuse, and professional negligence claims.

We focus on providing you with a clear plan from the outset, designed to support you through the distress and upset which is often a by-product of these disputes. Unlike other firms, we encourage other funding arrangements in the right circumstances, rather than just where they are necessary.

Call our Contentious Trusts & Probate team now to see how we can help you.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution and can represent you at mediation
  • You can rely on our extensive experience of acting in high value and complex cases
  • We will help you through the process of funding your case – you will be given clear costs information and, in appropriate cases, we will look at alternative funding options such as a “no win no fee” arrangement, insurance, or third party funding
  • A number of our team are members of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) and hold qualifications with the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

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Freeths’ Nottingham and Oxford offices are ranked in tier 1 in the field of contentious trusts and probate in the Legal 500.

Our specialist team is experienced in handling all aspects of contentious trust and probate litigation.

We can draw on support from our impressive private client, tax, agricultural and commercial teams and we often deal with farming estates, family businesses and international assets disputes.

Understanding the legalities from the outset may help to avoid disputes. Freeths offer a wide variety of information guides regarding Trusts, Probate and Estate Administration. Please get in touch using our enquiry form if you would like a copy.

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"I just wanted to thank you and your team so very much for all of your hard work and support to date. The customer service that I have received from you and your team can only be described as outstanding. You always go the extra mile and it is a real pleasure to deal with you."


"Superb skill set as required by the circumstances of the case. Providing an excellent balance between sensitivity to client’s circumstances and commercial reality required to be considered."


"Offering a good balance of technical knowledge, approachability and a pragmatic stance, the group demonstrates particular strength in high-value litigation, including claims under the Inheritance Act, will challenges, removal applications and Court of Protection work."

(The Legal 500, 2019)


"Thank you very much for your excellent handling of my case: No-one could have been more expedient or effective. It was my good fortune to have your exceptional services."


"Justifiably regarded as the best firm in the East Midlands", Freeths LLP "has a clear understanding of its clients’ needs and aims, and is relentlessly focused on achieving those aims. Offering a good balance of technical knowledge, approachability and a pragmatic stance."

(The Legal 500, 2019)


The legal 500 note Freeths "a very well-established private client firm, particularly for the resolution of trusts and probate disputes.". One client noted that "the professionals at Freeths were calm and understanding. They did not rush me or make false promises but thoroughly explained the process to me, listened well, spoke confidently and left me feeling positive."

(The Legal 500, 2020)


The Legal 500 quote that Freeths is "A top-flight firm with a national profile" Freeths LLP's team is "a really good option for serious contentious litigation."

(The Legal 500, 2019)


"I am delighted at the conclusion of this long and protracted case. I would like to express what a pleasure it has been working with you, and would like to thank you for all your hard work in this matter."


"Thank you for all the support you have given us in this difficult, complicated and interesting case, you have explained all the jargon in easy to understand terms with efficiency and helpfulness."


"Clients recommend Freeths LLP for its ‘very good technical knowledge’ and ability to handle ‘complex claims’ and 'helpful, clear and professional'. One client said "'The team were really knowledgeable and approachable. When I didn't quite understand the legal technicalities, they didn't mind going repeating the explanation and articulating it in a way I could understand'."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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